S.T.E.M. Central

September 18, 2017
S.T.E.M. Central

Student Group Tour Offerings in Cleveland Focused On STEM Curriculum


Textbooks, computers and calculators are all important resources used to teach science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.) subjects to students of all grade levels.

But, as any good teacher will tell you, it’s the real-world applications and hands-on experiences that allow students to truly appreciate the value of studying S.T.E.M.

And, hey, it doesn’t hurt if they’re having fun, too.

So, if you’ve got a student group looking to book a S.T.E.M.-focused field trip, CLE offers a wide range of opportunities that’ll teach them the stuff they could never pull out of a backpack.

Naturally, a good place to start is at the Great Lakes Science Center. It’s here that students in all grade levels are offered a variety of S.T.E.M. field trip options.

Students can learn about the properties of solids, liquids and gases as you turn hot chocolate into ice cream. Use engineering techniques to build trampolines. They'll explore renewable and non-renewable energy sources and apply the scientific process to the construction of a wind turbine. And, they can see what it takes to be a real astronaut by crawling around (and in) space suits and the Apollo Command Module at the NASA Glenn Visitor Center.

Just next-door to the Great Lakes Science Center is one of Cleveland’s most popular attractions. That’s the legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

While music students from around the world come to this homage of rock to explore its seven glorious floors of artifacts and interactive exhibits, the place is a winner for kids on the S.T.E.M. track, too.

Grades 6-12 can experience a selection of math-, technology- and physics-related educational programming including “Rock and Roll and the Science of Sound” and “Takin’ Care of Business” rock band finance simulation.

Another unexpected S.T.E.M. stop? The Cleveland History Center. With the most complete collection of artifacts and exhibits covering Cleveland’s past, it’s no surprise this University Circle-based museum offers fantastic history-focused field trips for grades 6–12.

But, in fact, students also can build racecars and airplanes while learning about the physics of motion inside the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, and math classes can spend an afternoon touring the facilities and then solving a series of geometry-related questions featuring the 1910 Euclid Beach Grand Carousel.

Educators know the need for more S.T.E.M.-focused offerings for students. And, we here in Cleveland are focused on that direction.

Thankfully, there are more Cleveland visitor destinations offering an interesting variety of educational experiences for student groups:

Cleveland Botanical Garden (Grades 6–12): Environmental science
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (Grades 6–12): Life science, technology and environmental science
Cleveland Museum of Natural History (Grades 6–12): Earth science, space science, astrology, life science and math
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland (Grades 9–12): Economics and financial literacy
Greater Cleveland Aquarium (Grades 6–12): Life science, environmental science and math
Holden Arboretum (Grades 6–12): Environmental science
Lake Metroparks Farmpark (Grades 6–12): Environmental science, physics, astrology and life science

Need more S.T.E.M. student group tour ideas? Contact Jane Tougouma, group tour sales manager, at jtougouma@destinationcle.org or 216.875.6607.

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